Elena Traister


Elena is an Associate Professor of Environmental Science in the Environmental Studies Department at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Her research focuses on stream water quality and restoration. She is currently collaborating with multiple stakeholders on the planning efforts surrounding several proposed stream restoration projects. Through frequent incorporation of service-learning into her courses and by expanding public access to seminar courses through public presentations and internet broadcasting, she is creatively reimagining the role of academic institutions as environmental stewards and promoters of environmental awareness beyond the student body. A native of Los Angeles, California, Elena holds a BA from Williams College, a Master of Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a PhD from the University of New Hampshire.

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
University of New Hampshire, Ph.D.
Current Position:
Conservation Science & Biology
Water Resources
Currently Working On:
Stream ecology, water quality, and restoration
375 Church St.
North Adams, Massachusetts 01247
(413) 662-5303

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